Elon Musk Reopens Tesla Plant in California in Defiance of Lockdown Rules; Workers Test COVID-19 Positive
Several Tesla workers at the Fremont (California) production facility that was reopened forcibly despite health warnings from the County have been tested positive. According to a report in The Washington Post, two workers with knowledge of the situation was quoted as saying that "supervisors held meetings with their teams to disclose the company had reported several cases of the coronavirus, and the employees affected were told to stay home". Defying the stay-at-home order in place, Musk reopened Tesla factory, challenging the authorities to arrest him if he has defied the rules.
Brazil Restores COVID-19 Data after Court Ruling
On Tuesday, June 9 Brazil brought detailed COVID-19 data back to its national website -- after removing it over the weekend. A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ruled that the full set of information be reinstated, after days of mounting pressure from across the political spectrum. Critics alleged the government was hiding the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. The country now has the second most cases in the world. And on Monday, June 8 the World Health Organization called on the Brazilian government to be transparent with its citizens.
No Announcement on Withdrawal of Troops from Germany: White House
President Donald Trump is constantly reassessing the best posture for the American military forces and its presence overseas, the White House has said, while clarifying that there is no announcement to make on the withdrawal of US troops in Germany. Currently there are about 34,500 US troops stationed in Germany. According to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, the reported troop reduction plan of Trump would cap US soldiers in Germany to 25,000.
Brazilian Star Neymar Faces Criminal Charge for Homophobic Comments in Private Chat on Gaming Site
A Brazilian gay rights activist has filed a criminal complaint against Neymer for homophobia, after the football superstar called his mother’s boyfriend an anti-gay slur in comments leaked to the media. The Sao Paulo prosecutor’s office confirmed to AFP it had received the complaint, which it must now examine to decide whether to open a case against the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star. Neymar’s communications team declined to comment on the complaint.
Wayward Whale that Swam 400 Km Upriver to Montreal Found Dead
A young humpback whale that swam up one of Canada's major rivers, delighting Montrealers who packed the shores for a glimpse of the first of the species in local waters, has died. The body was towed by the Canadian fisheries department to Sorel, 80 kilometres east of Montreal, where it was lifted onto shore with the help of a giant crane “It is very likely that it is the same whale observed near Montreal a few days ago," Marie-Eve Muller of the Quebec Emergency Network for Marine Mammals (RQUMM) told AFP on Tuesday. The giant creature had been seen last week swimming in the Saint Lawrence river, diving against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline.
Cured Cases Surpass Active Cases for the First Time in India
In a win for India, the number of cured or discharged patients has officially surpassed the number of active cases of coronavirus, for the first time. While there are 1,33,632 active cases, 1,35,205 patients have been cured or discharged. The death toll has surged to 7,745, but there is a sign of progress.
Lt. Gov Calls Kejriwal’s Order to Reserve Beds Unconstitutional
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had issued an order to reserve Delhi government hospitals and a few private hospitals, solely for the treatment of those residing in the national capital. The order was overruled by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's order to allow treatment of all individuals, irrespective of residence. In his words, Kejriwal's order "violates constitutional rights”. The Delhi CM released a video accepting this overrule, saying that this wasn't the time for disagreements. However, he exclaimed the requirement of 1.5 lakh beds by 31 July, if people from residents of other states were relying on Delhi's facilities for treatment.
Mumbai Crosses China’s Wuhan in Coronavirus Cases
Rajasthan has been witnessing a steep rise in its coronavirus cases, causing authorities to decide sealing its border for seven days. The decision taken on Wednesday, 10 June will allow entry only for those with passes, and on necessary grounds. With 279 deaths reported in the last 24 hours alone and a surge of 9,985 COVID-19 cases, the total number of cases is at 2,76,583. While the number of cured/discharged patients has surpassed the number of active coronavirus cases, there have been 7,745 deaths. Mumbai reported more than 51,000 coronavirus cases, which is 700 cases more than China's Wuhan.
Supreme Court asks Maharashtra Govt to Make “Concentrated Efforts” for Migrant Crisis
On Tuesday, 9 June, the Supreme Court asked the Maharashtra government to be more vigilant of the issues on the ground, concerning the condition of migrant workers. SC wants Maharashtra government to make "concentrated efforts" by identifying those migrants who wish to go back to their native places and arranging amenities for the same. The State government counsel asserted that around 5 lakh migrants have already been sent home free-of-charge. He went on to state that identification and registration have been done, followed by shifting the migrants to relief shelters. Maharahtra also asked for only one train from the railways to complete their mission.
Hina Beigh, Charged Under UAPA, Denied Interim Bail on Contracting COVID-19
Hina Bashir Beigh's plea for interim bail on contracting COVID-19 has been denied by the Delhi court. Hina Beigh caught the virus when she was in the custody of the National Investigation Agency, after being charged with criminal conspiracy, sedition and provocation for causing riots, under the UAPA. While Beigh has tested positive, her husband and another person who was arrested for allegedly planning a terror attack in Delhi, have tested negative. The court denied her plea for interim bail but asked her counsel to suggest a private hospital for her treatment.
Nationalist Congress Party Corporator Dies from Coronavirus
Mukund Keni, the Corporator for Nationalist Congress Party, passed away on Tuesday night in Mumbai. After testing positive for COVID-19, his health had been deteriorating. Despite being treated at a private hospital in the city, the 58-year-old NCP Corporator wasn't able to make it through. Keni, who tested positive a fortnight ago, was on ventilator support before he died. His wife, Pramila Keni, is the leader of opposition in TMC.
First Day of ‘Mission Begin Again’ Meets with Insufficient Availability of Buses
The first day of 'Mission Begin Again' was rife with challenges like the return of traffic jams, confusion over current rules, long queues at the bus stops, jams on Mumbai roads, and changed work environment. The BEST Undertaking operated more than 2000 buses on the first day, across Mumbai and the metropolitan region. The MSRTC also operated more than 600 buses. Bus stops were crowded but conductors couldn't take on more than 30 passengers at one go. Considering the continual closure of local trains, the buses are proving insufficient to cater to the needs of ‘Mission Begin Again.’
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Pledges to Help Mumbai’s Dabbawalas in Securing Financial Aid
Ramdas Karvande, president of Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers placed a plea for Rs. 2000 per dabbawala, per month, in front of Aslam Shaikh, Maharashtra cabinet minister of the Congress. His plea was met with support from Shaikh, who distributed dry ration kits to the dabbawalas, and wrote to CM Thackeray regarding financial aid for the same. Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty, along with multiple NGOs, have also come up in support for Mumabis' second lifeline. They shall be raising funds to help the dabbawalas in a time that has rendered them incapable of providing their services.
Sharad Pawar Interacts with Locals in Cyclone-Hit Regions
Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party chief, visited areas hit by Cyclone Nisarg to assess the aftermath. He visited the Raigad district and assessed the damage caused by the Cyclone, during a two-day visit to Raigad and Ratnagiri. The NCP chief interacted with the locals in Mangaon and was accompanied by Aditi Tatkar, Raigad's Guardian Minister. Pawar will be visiting Ratnagiri to analyse the situation of cyclone-hit farmers. He's planning to hold a meeting with state officials and local representatives to discuss possible solutions.
Thyrocare Ready to Drop Coronavirus Testing Rate to Rs 2000 Per Swab
Thyrocare, one of the laboratories that are allowed to conduct tests for COVID-19, and have faced flak from civic authorities for irregularities in results, has offered to drop rates to Rs. 2000 per swab sample collected by BMC. Currently, there is free testing at public labs, Rs 4,500 for private labs and Rs 3,500 that the BMC pays private facilities when samples are collected from home-quarantined contacts. The offer by Thyrocare comes ten days after the Indian Council of Medical Research asked states to negotiate prices with labs. Thyrocare, and other private labs, want penalties instead of alleged harassment or being blacklisted for poor performance.
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